Sue Moorcroft proves that it is possible to follow your dream and carve a career out of your passion. She is a writer of novels, 'how to' books, short stories, serials, articles and columns. In addition she is a creative writing tutor and competition judge. Sue is a long-serving committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and was the Winner of the Festival of Romance - Best Romantic Read 2011.
Sue was born in Monchengladbach, Germany into an army family, and her childhood included living in Cyprus and Malta, as well as the UK. Before becoming a writer, she worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper, for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter.
As a writer, Sue represents a different kind of 'expert' for The NextWomen and to celebrate my new role as Editor, I couldn't resist interviewing one of my personal female heroes.
As a self-confessed bookworm and lover of Sue’s writing, I was thrilled to get the chance to ask her about her journey so far, the challenges of the publishing industry, and what the future holds.
As part of our interview series with the female heroes of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) we spoke to Senior Management Professional Christine Pans.
Christine is currently one of four General Managers working for Vluchtelingenwerk Oost Nederland - the Dutch Council of Refugees East Netherlands. She manages a team of 15 professionals and approximately 400 volunteers and is responsible for the acquisition of new projects, including fundraising.
Christine spent more than a decade working for large, multinational corporates focussing on operational strategy before taking a two year sabbatical. During this time she enrolled as a student at the BodyMind Institute and gained valuable insights into personal drives and motivations both of herself and others. She also worked as a volunteer at Hospice Vier Vogels Rotterdam before joining Vluchtelingenwerk Oost Nederland in 2009.
The second half of our interview with Dianne Bevelander, the Associate Dean, MBA Programs at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Dianne is a true female hero who campaigns tirelessly for female empowerment and equality. Read the first part of the interview here.
Dianne has held several successful strategic leadership positions and is currently responsible for a multi-million euro revenue portfolio. Her international experience spans the globe, with successful recruitment initiatives and strategic alliances on every continent. She is a member of the Executive Management Committee of RSM.
Dianne teaches personal leadership development at RSM and at various other Business Schools internationally. Primary research interests relate to management education, social network theory and the development of human capital with particular emphasis on the career development of professional women. Leading through innovation, Dianne designed a Women's only elective at RSM focusing on the empowerment of women aspiring to leadership roles using the mountain (Mt Kilimanjaro) as an outside classroom, and as a metaphor for business.
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Sanne Walvisch is the Chief Digital Officer at G+J Netherlands, a Dutch magazine publishing company circulating such prolific magazines as National Geographic, Vogue and Glamour.
Prior to taking up this position, she was a freelance digital strategist and has worked with NOS, Sanoma Media, Ambo/Anthos and Layar to name but a few.
Tina Amirtha meets Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Director of Catalyst Europe, a non-profit aiming to improve opportunities for women in the workplace, whose MARC initiative encourages male employees to join the diversity and inclusion (D & I) debate.
“If you’re going to cook a rice cake, you have to apply heat from the top and the bottom,” says Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Director of Catalyst Europe, the European branch of the non-profit organization that aims to improve opportunities for women in the workplace.
The rice cake metaphor fits the goal of the MARC initiative, an online resource and blog that Catalyst created for member organizations to encourage its male employees to join the diversity and inclusion (D & I) debate in the workplace. Prompts on the MARC website encourage men to share their experiences of being a male professional through writing blog posts.
The issues can be anything from the struggle of being a working dad, to bullying, to the pressures of the expectation of being the breadwinner in the household.
The latest posts have titles like, “Lean In? Listen Up!” and “Fears of Equality”.
Alyssa Jade McDonald meets reputation coach Katy Caroan, who explains how you can assess your professional reputation and how doing so can enable you to play to your strengths.
As entrepreneurs, our reputation either propels our businesses forward or disables them at the core. It is like a ‘mysterious force’ that runs alongside us during our meetings with customers and suppliers; it stamps our online presence and precedes us before a speech. While deeply important, and a clear governing factor to our success, our professional reputation is as sly as a masked bandit when it comes to capturing it.
What is my professional reputation anyway? I know it’s why someone calls me out of the blue and asks for my product. But how do I get “more” of that good stuff?
Hatty Richmond meets Jo Haigh, who has bought and sold over 300 companies in a 20-year corporate finanance career.
Jo Haigh is a partner in fds Corporate Finance Services, with bases in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire, and a partner in the fds Group, a specialist training and development business. An experienced dealmaker, Jo specialises in putting together the right deal at the right time and in the right format for growing businesses throughout the country.
The Tech Insights series is a spin-off
hugely successful The NextWomen DWEN Interview Series, which profiles female business
The interviews were so popular that we are creating a new series, speaking to experts in the DWEN community about hot technology topics. Forthcoming articles will cover Social Media; Mobility; Data Management & Security.
This first article shares the knowledge of Cloud experts Daniela Gomes and Jane Silber.
Gwendaline Mazzara meets the Editor of ITVNews.
During the East African famine outbreak last year, Deborah Turness had a thought: rather than send a team of reporters to Kenya and back, like every news organisation, why not keep them there to give viewers an unfolding, episodic account from the children’s ward? This bold move resulted in dramatically increased public donations and demonstrates why Deborah is currently the UK’s youngest and first female editor of network news.
In 2011, she was the only journalist invited to the Buckingham Palace State Banquet for President Obama; later that year, she was named one of London's 1000 most influential people.
Winner of numerous awards, she has presided over a series of world exclusives, including video of the arrest of the London bombers.
She is currently Editor of ITVNews, the brand of news bulletins produced by world-renowned multimedia company, ITN, for British television network, ITV.